“Battles over formats and standards in the technology industry aren’t new. Whether it was e-mail, word processing, graphical images or even some more current like the apps on your smart phone, each new innovation typically starts out somewhat proprietary and incompatible.
Today we live in a world where a lot of those battles have been fought and won while some are only starting to heat up. Formats tend to resolve themselves through standards so that things like e-mail and web pages “just work.” That or at a minimum the technology we use evolves and hides it all from us via various forms of automatic conversion. In a world where so many technologies seem to get along – why shouldn’t clouds? The answer isn’t so simple and, as is often the case, history has a way of repeating itself.
Just as email initially emerged inside of private datacenters, so has cloud infrastructure. It was initially based on virtualization technology and, depending on what kind of IT shop was involved, you most likely ended up on VMware if you were trying to make your core datacenter more efficient by virtualizing legacy servers; Xen if you had a significant Linux or Java developer presence where the need to rapidly provision test and develop machines was important; and maybe even Citrix if you were using Metaframe for serving up applications to remote users or thin clients. For some companies, cloud adoption started outside the corporate datacenter inside of the VMware vCloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS).”
“I would like to invite our valued readers to the launch of iTnews’ latest investigation into cloud computing, titled Which Clouds Play Nice, on 19 October 2011.
The report, prepared by our editorial team and developer Sam Gentle, evaluates the world’s largest software-as-a-service providers on their API coverage, adherence to open standards, native integration with other enterprise tools and ease of migration.”
My Take> A great opportunity to get some insight and real world perspective on Cloud Integration from a developer and the leading tech journo’s and researchers from iTnews. I’ll be sticking my head into this one!
Blended Cloud Environments – A Financial Services Use Case From cloudswitch.com
“Cloud computing simplified. Enterprise cloud computing with CloudSwitch software.
One of the most interesting trends in cloud computing is the emergence of “hybrid” solutions which span environments that were historically isolated from one another. A traditional data center offers finite capacity in support of business applications, but it is ultimately limited by obvious constraints (physical space, power, cooling, etc.). Virtualization has extended the runway a bit, effectively increasing density within the data center, however the physical limits remain.”
My Take> Interesting use of cloud appliances to blend customer infrastructure with cloud services to create a hybrid cloud with Intel “reference architecture standards”.
Ingram Micro has signed up services, cloud and hosting specialist, Ultra Serve, as its first partner in its newly formed Services Group.
Through Ultra Serve, it will offer a suite of hosted infrastructure services including virtual machines, dedicated machines, Cloud machines and managed services.
It will be hosted via Ultra Serve’s local datacentre facilities and resellers can white-label and configure the services through a Web portal.
My Take> Great work by Samuel to put such a strategic channel partner on his hosted platform. Also a great move by Ingram to get into the cloud and hosting market with a white label service. I’ve seen the Ultra Serve platform management console in action and it’s a very slick system and a great fit for this customer segment. Well done Samuel!
By Hosting Guru
As the NBN continues to roll out across Australia preparing us for the next evolution of the digital age and cloud computing, the pace of growth of data centres across Asia Pacific continues to increase. Frost & Sullivan are predicting 14.6% growth in Data Centre Capacity across Asia, generating revenues exceeding $10 billion by the end of this year.
Australia together with Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong are leading the growth, with internet media, telecom and IT industries accounting for up to 45% of the demand according to their research. I know from first hand experience with the competition in the local market, that there is a massive investment in facilities going into Australia, with more than half a billion dollars of investment in facilities over the next 2 years in Australia alone.
Much of the 1st stages of that increased capacity are coming online in the next 6-12 months in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane from the likes of Global Switch, NextDC, Equinix, Digital Reality Trust, Fujitsu, NTT, Pacnet, HP, Macquarie Telecom, Telstra and several tier 2 providers. Even the big international players want in on the action in Australia over the next two years. After cautiously examining the market for the last few years Rackspace, Google, Microsoft, Savvis and others are looking at opportunities to establish a local DC footprint with foundation customers.
We havent seen IT data centre infrastructure investment like this since the last DC frenzy back around Y2K, with many of those operators going broke, and some facilities changing ownership several times before turning a profit.
Lets hope our politicians and financial markets navigate a way through this latest economic turmoil to ensure we don’t see a repeat of data centres sitting empty for 5 years, just like during the dotcom bubble burst not that long ago. With the economic pressures, cloud computing and the maturity of virtualisation and consolidation all reducing the need for more capacity, do we really need this much investment in capacity?
Sure we need newer more efficient facilities but I think you will see some players that haven’t already broken ground and made the initial investment, perhaps sit back and wait a little longer to see the dust settle on the economy. Unless I had significant pre-sold or comitted capacity from foundation customers, in this market, I wouldn’t be sinking the tens of millions of dollars needed to build, especially with the glut of capacity that’s about to come on the market. Your thoughts?
By Hosting Guru